FDA

FDA to make recall data public beginning this year

Friday, February 21, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: FDA, recall data, public information

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Inuit Elders tell NASA Earth Axis Shifted
Delicious
(NaturalNews) 2014 will be the year that the Food and Drug Administration begins making product recall data available to the public, in a further bid by the Obama administration to increase government transparency.

According to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), whose membership focus on the regulation of healthcare and related products, the FDA's project amounts to an "unprecedented" change in the agency's policies.

"Data transparency has been all the rage in the life science industry as of late, with industry groups and companies pledging to release their clinical trials data to researchers and the public," says an analysis of the project by RAPS. "But at the institutional level, transparency doesn't always mean access. Instead, sometimes the best transparency refers to ease of access.

"And now, thanks to a 2012 White House digital strategy initiative," the organization continued, "the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is gearing up to grant the public unprecedented ease of access to some of its most sought-after information."

Part of a new era of transparency?

In May 2012, the Obama White House instructed the FDA and other federal agencies to begin immediate implementation of a new "digital strategy" designed to make governmental information more readily and easily accessible to the general public.

"Today's amazing mix of cloud computing, ever-smarter mobile devices, and collaboration tools is changing the consumer landscape and bleeding into government as both an opportunity and a challenge," said a 2012 report accompanying the White House memo ordering the initiative.

"To build for the future, the Federal Government needs a Digital Strategy that embraces the opportunity to innovate more with less, and enables entrepreneurs to better leverage government data to improve the quality of services to the American people," the memo said.

The crux of the report concentrated on what are known as APIs -- application programming interfaces -- which are standardized data formats specifying how various elements of software talk to each other.

Having open APIs would, hypothetically, give people access to raw data that the agency puts out through various databases that it operates. These would include adverse event reports, approvals, recall notices and the like; they would then be repurposed, potentially making them easier to use and/or more readable and useful.

Since the agency was given the White House directive in 2012, the FDA has not been very public regarding its open data efforts, said RAPS:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), FDA's parent organization, has been primarily focused on open data projects involving the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and its Digital Strategy webpage seemingly contains just one FDA-related project: the November 2013 launch of FDA's new mobile-friendly website.

Uh, the website's down

That said, the FDA's limited actions regarding the federal Digital Strategy initiative seem poised to change in a big way. In January, the agency quietly announced the launch of a new webpage and initiative called "openFDA" (which was located at open.FDA.gov but could not be reached by Natural News when we attempted to do so for this story).

Advertised as an "exciting new initiative" that is to be operated by the FDA's Office of Informatics and Technology Innovation, "openFDA will offer easy access to FDA public data and highlight projects using these data in both the public and private sector to further regulatory or scientific missions, educate the public, and save lives."

The agency said that its new website would soon provide "API and raw download access to a number of high-value structured datasets," including adverse events, recalls and documentation such as structured product labeling (SPL) information.

But, as evidenced by our inability to pull up the site, as of this writing, the project is still very much in its infancy. And who knows -- perhaps the same company that built the glitch-prone federal online Obamacare exchange is in charge of building open.FDA.gov.

RAPS said the FDA initially announced that access to its site would not come until summer 2014 at the earliest, but given the Obamacare site's lingering problems, that date could change -- a lot.

Sources:

http://www.theverge.com

http://www.raps.org

http://www.hhs.gov

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
FDA at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.